Nigeria Yet To Meet 70% COVID-19 Vaccination Target — FG

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The Federal Government revealed that the country has only vaccinated 68 percent of its COVID-19 eligible population.

The government in 2021, said it had invested much and was ready to vaccinate 70 percent of its population before the end of 2022.

But as of February 7, the country had only vaccinated 68 percent of the COVID-19 eligible population.

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said this on Thursday in Abuja.

He spoke at the First Quarter Review Meeting of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on PHC Delivery (NTLC).

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, while commending NTLC, said the gains that were made over the years in PHC service delivery, were largely attributed to the role of traditional leaders.

Ehanire said that routine immunisation was a standard service of PHCs and was free, safe, effective and available across the country.

“Parents and caregivers need to be mobilised to ensure that children received the vaccine according to Nigerian’s routine immunisation schedule,” he said.

He said that the country had made steady progress in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign, noting that over 66 million persons were vaccinated so far, bringing the reach to 68 percent.